Monday, October 24, 2011

Put Shakespeare into action: insult your friends with Elizabethan invective

invective [in-VEK-tiv] — noun
  1. vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach.
  2. a railing accusation; vituperation.
  3. an insulting or abusive word or expression.
Reason #432 that life was better in the time of Shakespeare than today: instead of naughty curse words (like @#$% or &@%#$* or whatever you kids are saying nowadays), people used to use invective to curse out their enemies. Neatorama, one of my favorite blogs, recently shared a cheat sheet on how to blast someone, Shakespeare-style. Feel free to create your own epic invective and refer to your friends as such for the rest of the day, and post your favorite combination in the comments.

I'm a huge fan of loggerheaded beef-witted strumpet, for what it's worth.

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